5 Life Hacks for Stress-Free Tailgating

October 7th, 2015 | Posted by Pacrec in StowAway in Action | Tailgating | Teams and Events - (Comments Off on 5 Life Hacks for Stress-Free Tailgating)

5 Life Hacks for Stress-Free Tailgating

Tailgating - Life Hacks - StowAway Grill - StowAway Cargo Carrier -5

Tailgating is fun – In fact, I think you’d be hard pressed to find someone who disagrees. After all, 80 percent of the U.S. population tailgates at least once a year, with many across the country participating nearly every weekend. John Sherry, a University of Notre Dame marketing professor and cultural anthropologist who conducted a two-year study of college tailgating, says, “The idea of getting out of your house and feasting and drinking somewhere else is a pretty old tradition. People eat and drink and build up community in the process. It’s one last blowout before we hunker down for winter.”

And a blowout it is! But despite the friendly faces, great food, and enthusiasm of game day, that “blowout” is also really hard work – after all it is a party, and parties don’t throw themselves. It can be stressful, draining, and a bit overwhelming if you’re not prepared.

Avid tailgaters will tell you that the keys to stress-free tailgating are advanced planning, organization, and coordination. To help you make the most of game day and ensure you’re not worn out before the game even starts, we’ve pulled together five great tailgating life hacks to ensure a smooth and enjoyable tailgating experience.

  1. Even the most devoted tailgaters will forget something on occasion. If you don’t already have one, I suggest creating a checklist to be sure nothing is left behind. You can find hundreds of templates online with a simple Google search for “tailgating check list” (here’s a sample from simpletailgating.com). Once you find a list, customize it to meet your specific needs. Not only will it help you pack your rig before heading to the stadium, but you can use it to be sure everything makes it home safely at the end of the day. *Bonus life hack: Laminate your list to protect it from BBQ sauce, beer, rain, or tears (if your team is on a losing streak).
  2. If you’re in charge of the party, take time the week before to plan your menu, shopping list, and job assignments. That’s right – job assignments! While this is a party and should be loads of fun, there’s nothing wrong with recruiting your friends to help out. After all, if they want to eat your food, drink your beer and hang out at your tailgate, they can pitch in too. Assigning friends to help cook, clean, set up, tear down, and monitor beverage, ice and/or condiment levels will help alleviate stress and allow you to enjoy the tailgate experience along with everyone else.

    Tailgating - Life Hacks - StowAway Grill - StowAway Cargo Carrier3

    Keep tailgating essentials organized in a toolbox so you can grab-and-go on game day.

  3. Keep the essentials packed and ready to go. For instance, a toolbox is a convenient way to organize and store smaller items that you know you’ll need at every single tailgate party. Keep utensils (bottle openers, tongs, cutlery, can opener, etc.) in one drawer, while storing first aid supplies (Band-Aids, pain reliever, sunscreen, etc.) or favorite spices and seasonings in another. For larger items, you can use bins (I recommend clear ones so you can see inside easily without having to take the lid off) to store kitchen items such as dishes, aluminum foil, soap, and paper towels, as well as games, blankets, seat cushions, and more. Having the necessities packed and ready to go each weekend will save so much time, you just may have a shot at landing the best parking spot at the stadium!
  4. Bring extra! No matter what it is, bring more than you think you’ll need: ice, beverages, food, chairs, blankets, etc. This will help avoid a flurry of phone calls when you realize you’re almost out of hamburger buns or (gasp!) beer. And since half the fun of tailgating is making new friends, having extra to share with your tailgating neighbors and fellow fans is a bonus!
  1. So how do you get all of this stuff to the stadium?
    Tailgating - Life Hacks - StowAway Cargo Carrier - Oregon Ducks

    Fans of the University of Oregon football team use their StowAway Cargo Carrier for all of their tailgating needs on game day.

    Invest in a StowAway Cargo Carrier, of course! Mounted directly into your vehicle’s trailer hitch, StowAway carriers provide easy, ground-level access to your gear. Quickly and easily organize and transport all of your tailgating essentials, especially those bulky items like canopies, chairs, and even your cornhole boards or ladder golf. With either 12.5 or 16 cubic feet of storage space, a StowAway Cargo Carrier nearly doubles the average SUV’s functional carrying capacity – you’ll wonder how you ever tailgated without it!

Tailgating - Life Hacks - StowAway Grill - Notre Dame

Fans tailgate with the StowAway Hitch Grill Station at a Notre Dame game.

And for those who really want to take their tailgating to the next level, check out the StowAway Hitch Grill Station that features a Cuisinart gas grill. The SwingAway frame pivots and locks at 90° to create a safe, convenient, and easily organized kitchen/grilling space, complete with a jumbo-sized (25.5” x 18.5”) commercial-grade cutting board. And the rack provides ample room for hauling coolers and other gear too.

Yes, tailgating is hard work… But with a little advanced planning and these life hacks, it can also be one of the most enjoyable, stress-free ways to spend a weekend this fall. You’re welcome! 🙂

Where is StowAway Now? Tailgating with the Fighting Irish!

November 2nd, 2012 | Posted by Pacrec in Tailgating | Where's StowAway Now? - (Comments Off on Where is StowAway Now? Tailgating with the Fighting Irish!)

Tailgating season is in full swing it seems…and the StowAway Tailgate Grill Station is cooking all over the country! Our sources tell us that it was a big part of the fun for some Notre Dame fans recently.

The Shamrock Series is an annual favorite and this year included a match-up against Miami on October 6th at Soldier Field in Chicago.

A die-hard group of Notre Dame fans were proud not only of their team but also of their tailgate:

“The StowAway Tailgate Grill Station was amazing and a huge hit among our guests and those tailgating around us!  Also, we were impressed that the grill reached a suitable cooking temperature in 30-40 degree environment. Good performance! We also liked that it can be used on camping trips, too.”

Aha…so it’s clear…these aren’t just Fighting Irish but Smart Irish!

They know that the StowAway Tailgate Grill Station is more than just a really cool ready-to-grill tailgate product.

You can take it camping, to end-of-season kids’ team parties and more – anywhere you want to grill outside (and don’t want to compete for public grills or carrying your grill and mess inside your vehicle).

You can also remove the grill and cutting board and use the rack to haul virtually anything you can think of. And, you can even remove the rack and add a StowAway Cargo Carrier, StowAway Bike Rack or StowAway Surf Fishing Rods.

StowAway
MAX Cargo Carrier
StowAway
Bike & Gear Rack Combo
StowAway
Surf Rod & Gear Rack Combo

 

So, it seems that the StowAway Tailgate Grill Station’s name is only the beginning…the “foundation” of the swingaway frame and cargo rack provide incredible flexibility and modularity that allow you to use it for far more than just tailgating.

But, for now, enjoy the tailgating season and here’s hoping that your team wins!

 

 

Where is StowAway Now? Tailgating with the Oregon Ducks!

October 31st, 2012 | Posted by Pacrec in Tailgating | Where's StowAway Now? - (Comments Off on Where is StowAway Now? Tailgating with the Oregon Ducks!)

The versatility of StowAway SwingAway frames and racks make it impossible to predict just where these products will show up next…and what fun things people do with and because of them.

The new StowAway Tailgate Grill Station, for example, has been seen at several tailgates around the country lately. One of the most recent was at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon – home of the Oregon Ducks.

What is the StowAway Tailgate Grill Station?

The StowAway Tailgate Grill Station is an integrated, ready-to-go tailgate solution. It features the StowAway Swingaway Frame and Cargo Rack and adds to that a Cuisinart gas grill and cutting board.

All you have to do is drive to your tailgate location, open your grill and you’re ready to tailgate in style! And, when you’re not tailgating, you can use the swingaway frame and rack to transport a myriad of items (or you could put a StowAway Cargo Carrier on the frame – the possibilities are endless!).

In addition to enjoying a winning season, our Duck fans seem to enjoy the StowAway Tailgate Grill Station:

“It worked very well and we really like using it!
The cutting board was just about perfect –
it was like having an additional small table
to place items on and/or work through the
grilling process. Overall, the construction
and experience was OUTSTANDING!”

Big thanks to our Duck fans for their feedback (and the great pics, too!) –
we hope that they can enjoy future tailgates with it.

So, the next time you’re heading out to a tailgate, keep your eyes peeled for the StowAway Tailgate Grill Station…or, better yet, take one with you…